April 20th, 1999 was my 17th birthday. It was also the day the unimaginable happened. In Columbine, CO, thirteen students and one teacher lost their lives, 24 students were injured and many more were mentally changed forever by gun...
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.    You never know what’s happening behind closed doors. Child abuse happens in every state, town, and income bracket. In fact, while rates of child abuse in every neighborhood are surprisingly high, it is often...
April is International Celebrate Diversity Month. Let me start by asking you a question. Have you ever been pointed out for being different? If yes, Was it done with a positive or a negative approach? And the other way around—...
As I started putting together fun activities for my two toddlers for Valentine’s Day, I started thinking about a very simple but important question: If they’re old enough to understand holidays, are they also old enough to be introduced...
When it was time for my family to welcome a new furry friend, we opted to rescue a pup from a local shelter. Pet adoption is one of the best ways to help end the vicious cycle of puppy...
"The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever." - Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States This National Hispanic Heritage Month post originally ran in September, 2019.     I was raised by brilliant and strong women...
      Organ and blood donation is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Not only have I had 20 more years with my grandfather, thanks to the generous and selfless gift of a donor and his/her family,...
This month, I think of my Mom, especially on August 5th when I remember that she has been gone for 3 ½ years. WHAT?! How can that be?!   THREE AND A HALF YEARS, my life has been void of my very...
What can YOU do in the face of societal crisis (other than writing, calling, and sending pigeons to your lawmakers)?     After the school shootings, the weather scares, Ukraine, politicians that actually seem like they don’t care, and the day-to-day stress...
Looking for some yummy vegetarian eats you can make at home this Earth Day? Look no further!   As parents, caregivers, and moms, we make a million choices a day for ourselves and our families. Choices that range from the insignificant,...

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Spring is near, and it's the perfect time to clean out your closets and declutter your home while enjoying a break with other moms!  Let's...